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Caring in Crisis. An Oral History of Critical Care Nursing

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:339
  1. Sue Jordan

    Jacqueline Zalumas, University of Pennsylvania Press, pounds sterling13.95, pp 230 ISBN 0 8122 1510 9

    On both sides of the Atlantic nursing is gaining power and status as it moves into areas that were recently the province of medicine. Whether this is due to changes in the economic climate, in the education of nurses, or in technology remains uncertain. In these two books a professional writer and a nurse academic present nurse's accounts of their profession's transition to greater autonomy, independence, and accountability.

    Nurse's increasing demands for professional autonomy are related to their changing roles and education. When as many as 18 out of a sample of 25 nurses hold higher degrees, it is unlikely that nursing will continue in the …

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